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English Language A level students visit the British Library

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1470190_640213362687884_538676572_nEnglish Language A level students visited the British Library at St Pancras in London to take part in two workshops, Exploring English and Sounds Familiar.

The workshops were delivered by linguistics trainers and researchers from the British Library’s own research team (the library has the most significant sound archive of UK accents and dialects dating back to the 1890s) and nearby universities.

Our students learnt that there are eight storeys of books stored underground beneath Euston Road, saw the earliest European printed book (the Gutenberg Bible) and the Lindisfarne Gospels, discussed the beginnings of lexicography (dictionary writing), used the phonetic alphabet and found out why English often has three different words for the same thing! Students discussed how they use the word ‘like’ and all the different words for playground games.

Mike Bryant, Vice Principal and English Language teacher, says: “We were delighted that students were able to take part in activities at one of the world’s greatest research libraries and work alongside staff who are researching the language. We are looking forward to developing links with the British Library in the future.”

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